Every March countries from all over the world send their very best acrylic and gel nail techs to Dusseldorf, Germany, to compete for the title of world champion. It’s an exciting time because the best of the best are selected by way of competition to represent their country. Some countries will just send their most winning competitor that year, but at Nailpro Competitions, we hold individual acrylic and gel competitions. The first place winner of both is awarded an invitation to Dusseldorf and a $500 prize to put toward their plane ticket. The first runner up will serve as an alternate if for any reason the first place winner cannot attend. Previously, this World Championship competition has carried a bit of controversy in the United States because past rules have stated that each competitor must hold a passport from the country they represent. Here we have several qualified, talented competitors that are dying to compete for the honor of representing the United States but they only carry a green card (not a passport). This has excluded them from even competing in the U.S. National Championship – until now.
This year the rules have changed, allowing anyone with a passport or proof of residency to compete! I hope this means we will get a better turnout for the U.S. Invitational, which is the qualifying competition needed to get that spot in Dusseldorf. You see, every year we hold our U.S. National Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the same time the Nailpro Cup Champion is crowned. It is usually a very sad day because the most we’ve ever had register is four. I always think to myself, “Are you kidding me? Four competitors? Really?” It is embarrassing. When I was an avid competitor, we loved competing for the world championship! We had at least 50 show up with pride! Where has our pride gone? Traveling the world, I have learned that other countries believe it is more prestigious to compete and win in the USA, so it is embarrassing when I see the reaction from foreign competitors and guest judges when they witness this low turnout. Some U.S. citizens would say, “Why compete? The same people always win.” My answer to that would be, yes, they do! Because those that win actually practice and show up.You know the saying: 90 percent of success is showing up. I say all of this to hopefully encourage more to compete and maybe even to shame a few of you. So US competitors get your practice jeans on, do the work, and get out there and represent!